Issue 2 - March 2020 “Christian Traditions, Culture, and Law”: An Update and A Few Reflections

“Christian Traditions, Culture, and Law”: An Update and A Few Reflections

Essay By: Robert F. Cochran, Jr. 47 PEPP. L. REV. 563 (2020) Using Richard Niebuhr’s description of Christian approaches to culture, this Article examines the way Christians approach law, focusing on developments over the last 20 years. During that time, synthesists have continued to develop natural law, seeking an understanding of law based on shared …

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Issue 2 - March 2020 One Step Enough

One Step Enough

Essay By: Steven D. Smith 47 PEPP. L. REV. 549 (2020) The growing divide between contemporary law and culture and Christianity forces Christians both in general and in the academy to confront difficult choices. The difficulty of those choices was manifest in the most recent presidential election. In this situation, some Christians take an aggressive …

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Issue 2 - March 2020 Jesus Came “Not to Abolish the Law but to Fulfill It”: The Sermon on the Mount and Its Implications for Contemporary Law

Jesus Came “Not to Abolish the Law but to Fulfill It”: The Sermon on the Mount and Its Implications for Contemporary Law

Essay By: David VanDrunen 47 PEPP. L. REV. 523 (2020) This Article interprets Matthew 5:17–48 and argues that, because Jesus came not to abolish but to fulfill the law and the prophets, the Old Testament law takes on a new form for New Testament Christians. The law of God has been refracted through the ministry …

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Issue 2 - March 2020 Divided by the Sermon on the Mount

Divided by the Sermon on the Mount

Essay By: David Skeel 47 PEPP. L. REV. 495 (2020) This Essay, written for a festschrift for Bob Cochran, argues that the much-discussed friction between evangelical supporters of President Trump and evangelical critics is a symptom of a much deeper theological divide over the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus told his disciples to turn …

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Issue 2 - March 2020 Comparing Literary and Biblical Hermeneutics to Constitutional and Statutory Interpretation

Comparing Literary and Biblical Hermeneutics to Constitutional and Statutory Interpretation

Essay By: Robert J. Pushaw, Jr. 47 PEPP. L. REV. 463 (2020) Interpreters determine the meaning of language. To interpret literary and biblical texts, scholars have developed detailed rules, methods, and theories of human understanding. This branch of knowledge, “hermeneutics,” features three basic approaches. First, “textualists” treat words as directly conveying their ordinary meaning to …

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Issue 2 - March 2020 The Metaphorical Bridge Between Law and Religion

The Metaphorical Bridge Between Law and Religion

Essay By: John Witte, Jr. 47 PEPP. L. REV. 435 (2020) This Article explores the role of metaphors in shaping our thought and language in general, and in the fields of law and religion in particular. Drawing on modern cognitive theorists like George Lakoff and Mark Johnson, the Article distinguishes and illustrates the roles of …

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